Faux pa!: Egyptian host interview with French ambassador sparks online gaffe

Updated 17 July 2017
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Faux pa!: Egyptian host interview with French ambassador sparks online gaffe

An Egyptian host fell foul of social media mockery for her limited handling of the French language during an interview with France’s ambassador to Cairo last week.  

In an interview aired on CBC Extra, the host was unable to speak French fluently, drawing criticism from some social media users, who said the channel could have selected an interviewer with stronger skills.

One Facebook user commented on the TV host saying: “She just violated the French language.”

The interview acted as a little-reminder of last year’s incident of an Egyptian reporter at the Academy Awards who was mocked after asking Leonardo DiCaprio meaningless questions in the wake of his best actor Oscar win.
 


Facebook to clearly label political advertising in Britain, CTO says

Updated 26 April 2018
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Facebook to clearly label political advertising in Britain, CTO says

LONDON: Facebook will introduce new measures to boost transparency around adverts in Britain by June this year and require political ads to be clearly labelled, the firm’s Chief Technology Officer told a British parliamentary committee.
In a written submission to the UK parliament’s media committee, Mike Schroepfer said those wanting to run political adverts would have to complete an authorization process and the messages would also have to display who paid for them.
Facebook has said that the personal information of about 87 million users might have been improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which worked on Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign.
Lawmakers have also raised concern over the use of social media in Britain’s referendum decision to leave the European Union in 2016.
“I want to start by echoing our CEO, Mark Zuckerberg: what happened with Cambridge Analytica represents a breach of trust, and we are deeply sorry. We made mistakes and we are taking steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” Schroepfer wrote.
Earlier this month, Zuckerberg apologized to US senators for issues that have beset Facebook, including shortcomings over data protection.
But the 33-year-old Internet mogul managed to deflect any specific promises to support any congressional regulation of the world’s largest social media network and other US Internet companies.
Schroepfer, who was appearing before the British media committee on Thursday, said it was clear Facebook had not done enough to ensure its tools from “potentially being used for harm” or take a broad enough view of its responsibility.
“That was a mistake,” he wrote.